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Da Vinci & Mysteries of the Renaissance
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2010
Contains the Golden Globe-winning miniseries, The Life of Da Vinci, as well as the Emmy-winning Renaissance series profiling Copernicus, Kepler, Michelangelo, Martin Luther, Raphael, and others.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2012
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The 2 DVD,s on the life of Leonardo are woeful. They present 'pretty' images and make assumptions on his life which are irrelavant and ,based on other intensive reading,are inaccurate.
The volumes on "The Dissenter'and "The Scientist' both narrated by Ian Richardson are worthwhile. The remaining discs ('The Prinnce' and 'The Artist') are rambling and lack cohesion.
I cannot recommend this collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2013
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The information is too general and superficial. A lot of words about the attitude to innovate but not enough about the actual innovations. The advantage of a DVD is that, when you do not understand something, you can rewind and watch again until you understand. Therefore I prefer more emphasis on the actual contribution of the personalities described. The level of the presentation should be above high school level. If it is well explained, it will eventually become understandable for everybody. Bad idea to have actors interpreting the attitude and thoughts of the personalities discussed; preferably to accompany the reading voice not with the image of an actor who does not look at all like the personality presented, but with pictures of the real appearance of the personality and images from the time that personality lived. I would also like to hear more about the thinking in the society and of the other artists and scientists of that time than to hear various people of our time talking in general about the pleasure and courage to come with a new idea, without any actual exemplification.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2012
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An interesting review of a period in history which leads to today's art world. It's easy to watch and understand.
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on February 17, 2014
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I watched one segment, "The Artist," and put the set on the shelf. "The Artist," initially gave good background on Da Vinci and the period, but then only covered a few of his most influential works. Way too much was left out to get a decent picture of Da Vinci as an artist. Much time was spent on artists, such as Caravaggio, who live well after Leonardo and were not directly influenced by him. Additionally, production values were not outstanding. Not a good choice for learning about either Leonard or the period.
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on April 28, 2014
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History is very much of interest to me as try to become more acquainted with pieces of history that I am not familiar. It seems as time passes, what I have learned in the past has become fuzzy. I like having references that I can restore sections of history that I should have remembered from my time in school. Thanks for making this section of history available.
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on February 24, 2014
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I did learn a great deal about Leonardo da Vinci. My only complaint is the audio/video timing. I can't
tell whether it is bad lip syncing, or just poorly made. But that only pertains to the two DVD's on Leonardo.
The other four...are just fine, and are very informative as well. I enjoyed thoroughly.
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on May 22, 2014
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These sure seem like the old documentatiers that we had in schoo and i graduated in 1966. But they gave the information I was looking for but in a 'dry' format and the photography seems to be dated from that era as well.
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on May 30, 2013
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This was a good documentary,I loved the presentation of Da Vinci life the most. I wish they presented the rest of the information like they dead the life of the Leonardo. Anyway still worth it.
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on October 27, 2012
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I purchased them like a tool for my classes. I am very happy because I have a lot of different points of views, excellent images and interesting stories. I recommend strongly this product!
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